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The Lake House, post #2

Here she is:

Oh yes, she is very, very cute indeed.  I love that she is kinda barn-like and super country, it just screams “I’m casual and kinda playful.” Once we get a new fun front door and lots of foliage, this girl will have great curb appeal.


Here’s the back:

It’s wayyyyy cute and the layout is totally open and awesome.

And there’s the lake. Just right out the back.  I’m 100% a lake and river person.  Probably from growing up with the Coos River in Oregon. Ocean’s are so big and open and full of sharks, but lakes are calm and cozy and unthreatening.

After the first meeting I created a package for them – inspiration pics, moodboards, color palettes, fabrics, etc, but started it out with a mission statement:

Pictures always paint a good picture, but i like to kinda write the story, too.


How very ‘Emily’ I know. But here’s the thing about the designer/client relationship – we are attracted to each other for a reason. I would be shocked if I got a client that said, “I want everything stark and modern and minimalist.”  They wouldn’t hire me and I wouldn’t necessarily want to do the job (unless it paid like A LOT of money, please, bearcat needs a new pair of shoes). I approach every job as if its my house, whilst obviously keeping the needs and wants of the client in mind.  But if I don’t really like beige and brown that much, then unless they ask for it, I’m not terribly inclined to do it.  So yes, this house is pretty much going to look like my dream house.

It’s super satisfying and will be totally heartbreaking when its over.

Here was the first mood board for the living room.  SOOOO much has changed since this, but it gives you (and the client) a good idea of what it will look like. The sofa, rugs, sconces, coffee table and leather chair have all been substituted after shopping and finding more appropriate options…..but here you go:

The sofa was from Room and board (hutton sofa) and it’s one of my favorites, but the client wasn’t its biggest fan for this house, so we have shopped around and around and we think we’ve found it (stay tuned).  I wanted something modern, but super comfy and we all know that those two things don’t go hand in hand that often so it was a challenge to find.  Oh and kid friendly…..

The rug and wood stool are from West Elm

The ‘amazing leather chair’ is from Organic Modernism, but we decided that we wanted something more comfortable so we are actually going with the Dwell Jensen chair instead.  The scale is way better and its more inviting than the leather.


Plus it has attitude.  The new sofa we are getting doesn’t really, so this chair is making the sofa look cooler.

The hanging chair is vintage, but we are ordering one from Two’s Company.

The lamp was Nate Berkus for HSN, I think, but I bought it on EBAY for $130. We are using a white shade, though.

The gold stump is insane and from ABC carpet and home.  It’s a splurge at $700, but it’s 100% worth it because it’s impact in the space is HUGE.  It’s an organic shape in a super high gloss metallic finish – oh the tension.

My shopping plan is a mix of thrift store, big box, flea market stuff with occasional huge splurges to make it look more high end.  You need a few amazing pieces that will elevate the whole space. In this room its the Dwell chair and the gold stump.

I’m working on a new mood board for the living room, so stay tuned for an updated version. Meanwhile, how are you feling about the Lake House? Any comments or questions?

To see the Lake House project from the beginning take a look here: Lake House Post #1Lake House Post #3 | Lake House Post #4Lake House Post #5 | Lake House Post #6 | Lake House Feature in Country Living | The Lake House Makeover – Kitchen Edition



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